Real Madrid vs Celtic: Real Madrid’s stunning victory over Celtic on Wednesday night marked the end of the Champions League group stage. A triumphant victory for Carlo Ancelotti. Karim Benzema, the Ballon d’Or winner, stood out by failing to score, exactly like in the previous group games. Madrid
This marks Benzema’s first group stage goalless streak since 2004/05, a season in which he helped Real win the Champions League with a number of pivotal goals. He participated in this year’s competition four times, playing twice against Celtic and twice against Shakhtar Donetsk.
Real Madrid vs Celtic: Ancelotti, Modric and Benzema create records
After their stunning victory over Celtic, Real Madrid made their coach the centre of attention. Ancelotti beat the Scots to win the Champions League for the 103rd time. He has (again) been employed with Los Blancos since the summer of 2021.
With that, he surpasses Sir Alex Ferguson, who has won the same tournament 102 times as a coach. A little aside: One of Ancelotti’s 103 triumphs was in a regulatory matter. The Milan derby from the 2004–2005 season was formally stopped at a score of 0–1 and resulted in an AC Milan victory of 0–3. After the game had been stopped for five minutes, Inter supporters still launched fireworks onto the pitch.
In the Champions League match against Celtic on Wednesday, Luka Modric used a penalty at the age of 36. Burak Yilmaz was replaced as the record-holder by the Real Madrid midfielder.
After five minutes, Real Madrid was given a penalty by referee Stéphanie Frappart for a handball by Moritz Jenz. While Joe Hart popped up the other way, Modric struck the ball into the right corner from eleven yards out.
Modric is the oldest player to convert a penalty in the Champions League at 37 years and 54 days. Yilmaz, who was accurate for Lille against Chelsea at the age of 36 years and 244 days, had held the record since March.
Twenty minutes later, Real was awarded another penalty, but 21-year-old Rodrygo seized the chance. He also didn’t blunder. The third penalty of the match came later in the first half. Celtic was awarded a penalty after Ferland Mendy’s foul on Liel Abada, but Thibaut Courtois turned Josip Juranovic’s shot around.